Thursday, May 31, 2007

Happy Birthday Sgt. Pepper!


Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band is 40 years old!
On June 1st 1967 I joined hundreds of other Beatles fans outside HMV in London's Oxford Street, to be among the first to own this truly iconic album.
1967 was without doubt popular music's greatest year. Psychedelia was the biggest influence, with some of the finest ever albums all released within a few months of each other!
Pink Floyd gave us 'Piper at the Gates of Dawn', and Cream released 'Disraeli Gears'. Jimmy Hendrix, 'Are You Experienced?' and The Rolling Stones 'Their Satanic Majesty'. The Doors where at the height of their career and put out both 'The Doors' and 'Strange Days'.
And Sandy Shaw sang 'Puppet on a A String' and won the Eurovision Song Contest!
The Beatles recorded Sgt. Pepper at the Abbey Road Studios in London's St. Johns Wood. Although 8 track recording had by then been developed , they chose to record using 4 track technology, which makes the production of this most complex of albums all the more remarkable. It was of course made in Mono. The stereo version followed sometime later, and as The Beatles had no part in it's remastering, purists will claim that much was lost in this change.
Much has been written about 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds'. Many believe the title to refer to the drug LSD. This has always been denied by Lennon and McCartney, To this day they claim that the song was influenced by a painting by Lennon's 3 year old son Julien. The BBC decided to ban the playing of the track on their radio stations, but inadvertently barred 'A Day in the Life' instead!
Tracks such as 'With a Little Help From My Friend's and 'Within You Without You', sound as fresh today as they did 40 years ago.
As important as it was, many will agree this was not the greatest work by the Beatles. Subsequent years saw the release of 'The White Album' and 'Revolver' which took their remarkable work to another level.
It was however a benchmark in it's time that many aspired to , but few achieved.

7 comments:

  1. The White album was my favourite from the Beatles!

    Thanks for the reading, I was looking forward to it.

    WoW! I wasn't even born until 1967!

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  2. I was born in 1976, but grew up on the Beatles thanks to my dad.

    My daughters have been immersed in Beatles since birth as well.

    The legacy lives on.

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  3. Hey there Keith I like your article very much.

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  4. Sgt Pepper's Loney Hearts Club Band - we hope you did enjoy the show! :)

    I loved the songs - weird for their time and so thought provoking. It has to be my favourite Beatles album by far.

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  5. Have you heard the new *Love* album?

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  6. I remember one year when I was young, they had a movie that Sgt Peppers sang in, I think it was a bee gee or beetle I don't remember I remember the Lucy in the sky with Diamonds, I loved it then I love it now and this is a great Album.

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  7. Keith, the lady is waiting patiently for the newest addition to your blog.

    ~twiddles thumbs~

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